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TEEN DRIVING-STUDY
(2007-01-25)
(wgvu) - - FROM CELLPHONES TO THEIR NOISY FRIENDS,
TEEN DRIVERS ROUTINELY FACE DISTRACTIONS ON THE ROAD.
A NEW STUDY SAYS THESE FACTORS -- COMBINED WITH TEENS' LACK OF
DRIVING EXPERIENCE -- ADD UP TO A DEADLY MIX THAT CAUSES THOUSANDS
OF FATAL CRASHES A YEAR. TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ARE NOW THE NUMBER ONE
KILLER OF AMERICA'S TEENS.
THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA AND STATE FARM INSURANCE
SURVEY FOUND TEENS OFTEN TAKE THE WHEEL AMID COMMOTION, ANGST OR
FATIGUE THAT WOULD BE CHALLENGING EVEN FOR OLDER DRIVERS.
MORE THAN 90 PERCENT OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO WERE SURVEYED
REPORTED TEENS DRIVING WHILE TEXT-MESSAGING OR DRIVING WITH
PASSENGERS WHO ARE JUST "ACTING WILD."
TEENS DO SEEM TO BE GETTING THE WORD ABOUT NOT DRINKING AND
DRIVING. BUT TODAY'S STUDY SAYS THAT MESSAGE SHOULD BE EXPANDED TO
INCLUDE DISTRACTIONS.

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